6. Initiative

top skillsWhen students take initiative, they show that they have pride in what they do and are interested in their current projects. Employers complain that too many workers need to be told exactly what to do in order to get anything done. They lack initiative and must be micromanaged to be successful in the workplace. As a result, they list initiative as one of the top skills they’re looking for in employees. Bosses notice when someone sees a problem and does something about it instead of sitting back and waiting for someone to tell them to fix it. Initiative can be hard to teach, but your STEM teachers try to strengthen your initiative when they ask for volunteers and talk about personal responsibility and integrity.